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How to draw what you see

Author: Rudy De Reyna
Publisher: New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, [2005]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 35th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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"When it was originally published in 1970, How to Draw What You See zoomed to the top of Watson-Guptill's best-seller list--and it has remained there ever since. “I believe that you must be able to draw things as you see them--realistically,” wrote Rudy de Reyna in his introduction. Today, generations of artists have learned to draw what they see, to truly capture the world around them, using de Reyna's methods. How  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rudy De Reyna
ISBN: 0823023753 9780823023752
OCLC Number: 69660553
Notes: Includes index.
Originally published: 1970.
Edition statement from book cover.
Description: 175 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Fundamentals of drawing --
project 1. Basic structure of objects --
Drawing straight lines --
Drawing lines freehand --
Holding the pencil --
Angle and direction of lines --
project 2. Eye level : foundation of perspective --
Changing shapes and eye level --
Vanishing points --
Cube in perspective --
Judging size relationships --
Objects below eye level --
Practice exercises --
project 3. Drawing cubic objects --
Cubic forms in everyday things --
Searching with lines --
Handling detail --
Refining with tracing paper --
project 4. Drawing cylindrical objects --
Drawing curved lines --
Observing cylindrical forms --
Rendering cylindrical objects --
Ellipses and perspective --
project 5. Drawing spherical objects --
Departures from the geometric sphere --
Depth and the sphere --
project 6. Drawing conical objects --
Symmetry of the cone --
Drawing everything --
project 7. Putting basic forms together --
Basic forms and their relationships --
Drawing symmetrical objects --
Drawing and observation --
project 8. The horizon plane --
Relating objects --
Contours --
Creating a composition --
Selecting a viewpoint --
Perspective in a still life --
Working with actual objects --
A brief summary --
project 9. Light and shade --
Observing light and shadow --
Light and dimension --
Tonal values --
Using the full tonal scale --
Cast shadows --
Shadow edges --
Angle of light --
Level of light --
project 10. Translating local color to black and white --
Using a middle tone --
Values and tones --
Tonal arrangement --
Rendering texture --
Tactile and visual textures --
project 11. Drawing a still life --
Copying versus drawing from life --
Composition and construction --
Laying down correct tones. project 12. Drawing with charcoal --
Vine and compressed charcoal --
Powdered charcoal --
Erasers and blenders --
Papers --
Toned papers --
Fixative --
Charcoal's versatility --
Ease of manipulation --
project 13. Still life in charcoal --
Four drawing principles --
Hard and soft edges --
Working from "roughs" --
Composing a still life --
Practice versus theory --
project 14. Drawing outdoors --
Natural light --
Light at different times of day --
Observing the effects of light --
Reflected light --
Searching for basic forms --
Using a viewfinder --
Drawing on the spot --
project 15. Drawing outdoors with charcoal --
Advantages and disadvantages of charcoal --
Capturing the moods of nature --
Rendering specific objects --
Rough charcoal sketches --
Finished drawings in charcoal --
project 16. Drawing the figure --
Basic body proportions --
Cylindrical human form --
Some body measurements --
Foreshortening --
Drawing from life --
Working over the whole figure --
Light and shadow on the figure --
project 17. Drawing hands and feet --
Drawing feet --
Drawing hands --
Finding your niche --
project 18. Drawing heads and faces --
A general procedure --
Angles and planes of the head --
Facial guidelines --
Male and female features --
Drawing the head and face from life --
Drawing the nose --
Drawing ears --
Drawing eyes and eyebrows --
Drawing the mouth --
Life drawing from memory? --
project 19. Drawing children --
Drawing the infant's head --
Drawing the teenager --
Male and female characteristics in children --
Capturing a child's character. pt. 2. Drawing in various media --
project 20. Wash techniques --
Pigment and mixer --
Surfaces --
Brushes --
Additional equipment --
Properties of wash --
Flat wash --
Wet-in-wet technique --
Graded wash --
Drybrush --
Linear effects --
project 21. Drawing with wash --
Working drawings --
Realism first --
project 22. A still life in wash --
Arranging and lighting --
Using a graded wash --
Eliminating pencil lines --
Preparing tone --
project 23. Outdoors with wash --
Transporting your materials --
Suiting your medium to your subject --
project 24. Opaque techniques --
Characteristics of opaque --
Pigments --
Brushes and drawing surfaces --
Accessories --
Drybrush blending --
Wet blending --
Working toward craftsmanship --
project 25. Still lifes in opaque --
Establishing the large shapes --
Balancing textures --
Using transfer paper --
Paint consistency --
Support for the hand --
Controlling opaque --
Suitability of opaque --
project 26. Outdoors with opaque --
Opaque watercolor and nature --
Materials to take along --
Choosing a subject --
project 27. Acrylic techniques --
Brushes, pigment, and surfaces --
Characteristics of acrylic --
Versatility of acrylic --
project 28. Still life in acrylic --
Composition and movement --
Considering picture space --
project 29. Outdoors with ink and mixed media --
Ink and additional equipment --
Two ink techniques --
Outdoors with mixed media --
project 30. Drawing children in various media --
Nudes versus children --
Children in opaque --
A parting word.
Responsibility: by Rudy de Reyna.

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Shows artists how to recognize the basic shape of an object - cube, cylinder, cone, or sphere - and use that shape to draw the object, no matter how much detail it contains.  Read more...

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